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Paul Gauguin at the Museum of Modern Art

A new show at the Museum of Modern Art highlights the rarely-seen woodblock prints & woodcarvings of Paul Gauguin.
Paul Gauguin quit his stockbroker’s job and left his wife and five children to move to the South Pacific island of Tahiti. There, in the 1890s, he did his famous, lush paintings of local women.
Recently, he has been criticized as a chauvinist who romanticized the hard life of the natives. Now a new show at the Museum of Modern Art highlights the rarely-seen woodblock prints & woodcarvings of Paul Gauguin.
His work is incredibly earthy while the show re-invented Gauguin as an artist who was desperate to articulate his vision."

Biography
French painter, printmaker, sculptor and ceramicist. His style developed from Impressionism through a brief cloisonnist phase (in partnership with Emile Bernard) towards a highly personal brand of Symbolism, which sought within the tradition of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes to combine and contrast an idealized vision of primitive Polynesian culture with the sceptical pessimism of an educated European. A selfconsciously outspoken personality and an aggressively asserted position as the leader of the Pont-Aven group made him a dominant figure in Parisian intellectual circles in the late 1880s. His use of non-naturalistic colour and formal distortion for expressive ends was widely influential on early 20th-century avant-garde artists.
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